January 20, 2017
By Stephanie West
Washington, DC – On January 15th, thousands of people across the USA rallied against the Republicans plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act as well as efforts to privatize Medicare and Medicaid.
Republicans took a significant first step in repealing ACA last week when both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives voted to approve a budget resolution to begin dismantling the law.
“The fact that this Congress used its first days in office to rob millions of Americans of their healthcare coverage makes clear that these legislators are more interested in scoring political points than working for the American people,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten. ” We’ve seen firsthand how the ACA has saved lives and created healthier communities. Now all of this is going to be ripped away as Republicans play a political game with no serious proposal for replacing the law.”
Large crowds gathered at more than 70 events from California to Maine. The effort organized by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), along with a coalition of community groups, advocacy organizations and labor unions.